Whitesburg KY

UNITE honors middle school students

Students at Whitesburg Middle School have been recognized for their efforts to steer fellow students away from drugs.

The school’s UNITE Club has been named a regional UNITE club of the year for the second straight year.

Other regional UNITE Club winners are from Estill Springs Elementary in Estill County, Clearfield Elementary in Rowan County, Paintsville Elementary from Johnson County, Rowan County Middle, Roy G. Eversole Middle in Hazard, and Shelby Valley High School of Pike County.

Each of these clubs, along with regional winners announced during a youth summit in Somerset August 29, are eligible for the club of the year award, which will be announced at the UNITE Education Conference scheduled for November 9 in Pikeville.

Last year, Whitesburg Middle School was named state UNITE club of the year.

During the 2006-2007 school year there were 98 registered UNITE clubs with more than 5,300 youth members in the 29-county Fifth Congressional district.

The Whitesburg Middle School UNITE club, sponsored by teacher Debi Sexton, participated in a campaign to help veterans, went caroling and wrote skits, songs and created a puppet show.

“We were pleasantly surprised to be awarded again this year. The kids were so tickled and excited,” said Sexton.

UNITE stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education.

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